Bible Giveaway Approved By Some Virginia Public Schools

| by Tony Tran
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Several public schools in Virginia have announced plans to make Bibles available to their students under certain conditions, according to the Martinsville Bulletin.

The Bibles will be provided by Gideon International, an evangelical Christian organization known for their distribution of Bibles free of charge.

In response to a request by the organization, the district has decided that the Bibles may be provided at the high schools one day a year, according to a letter written by Superintendent of schools Jared Cotton. 

The letter goes on to say that the Gideons are only allowed to give the Bibles to the principals of the schools, "who will determine a location to place them, along with other materials that are made available to students."

The Gideons are known to distribute Bibles on college campuses all over the country, handing them out to passersby and leaving them at designated areas. However, the members of the organization will not be allowed to hand out Bibles to students directly or man locations where the Bibles are placed, according to Cotton.

The administration says that they will place a sign where the Bibles are located that says "Please feel free to take one," followed by "These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Henry County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school."

There will also be no public announcement regarding the availability of the Bible.

Cotton also said that the Bibles will be only made available to the high schools of the district, referring to a Supreme Court case which stated that elementary and middle school students were "too young to determine whether or not the school or school division endorses a particular religion."

A representative for the Gideons said that their organization is non-confrontational and non-adversarial, according to the Martinsville Bulletin.

"We ask permission (of the school division)," said the newspaper. "Whatever leeway they gave us, we're willing to take as the final word."

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